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EPL 2015-16 REVIEW - ROUND 1.


EPL ROUND - 1 REVIEW : by DEBAYAN BHATTACHARYYA

The English top flight is back and rolling as we witnessed a week of thrills and spills, ifs and buts and lot of talking points to be discussed. Letís take a look back at the opening week of the 2015-16 season.

It has been a quite entertaining week with some spectacular goals, a red card and unexpected results. Starting off with the opening game of the season, hosts Manchester United got the better of Tottenham Hotspurs at Old Trafford, as Kyle Walkerís first half own goal was enough to decide the outcome, despite Tottenham being the better side with the likes of Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen pushed forward for an equalizer.

Unitedís big signing Bastian Schweinsteiger was given a tremendous ovation as he came on as a second half substitute. Moving to North London, West Ham United defeated Arsenal in their own backyard by 2-0 thanks to CheikhouKouayte and Mauro Zarate. Arsenal big singing PetrCech failed to live up to the expectations as the veteran was responsible for the goals conceded. At Goodison Park Everton came from behind twice to deny newly promoted side Watford an opening day victory. Liverpool snatched three points at Stoke thanks to a long range strike from the Brazilian PhillipeCoutinho in the closing stages.

Defending Champions Chelsea held to a 2-2 stalemate at Stamford Bridge by Swansea City as the Blues keeper ThiabautCoutouis was given marching orders by the ref for tripping BafetimbiGomis inside the box. Chelsea took the lead through Oscar before new singing Andrei Ayew made it all square for the visitors from close range. Later on Willianíscross deflected in off Argentine Federico Fernandez as Chelsea took the lead from a lucky own goal. After the break Swansea got themselves a much needed penalty as Courtouis tripped Gomis and the former Lyon man didnít make any mistake, as he calmly converted his spot kick to make it square all over again. Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri made an impressive start back to the Premier League as his side Leicester City thrashed Dick Advocaatís Sunderland by 4-2 with Leicester's star man RiyadMahrez getting a double.

At St. James Park Newcastle United was forced to share points as Southampton denied them a win thanks to a late equalizing header from substitute, Shane Long. The match ended 2-2. Newly promoted side AFC Bournemouth was given a reality check, as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa. Bournemouth started off brightly but squandered chances and late in the second half ,substituteRudy Gestede ensured all three points for the visitors.

Norwich City fell 1-3 at home to Crystal Palace with French International YohanCabaye getting his debut goal for the visiors right at the death. Lastly, the runners-up of last season, Manchester City got their campaign off to a flier with a convincing 3-0 victory over home side West Bromwich Albion. YayaToure, coming on the score sheet twice with Captain, Vincent Kompany sealing it off with a header right at the end.

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